Ozark Suzuki Institute

Ozark Suzuki InstituteOzark Suzuki Institute
Siloam Springs, AR

The Ozark Suzuki String Institute (OSSI) is set in beautiful Northwest Arkansas at John Brown University in the picturesque town of Siloam Springs. Institute runs from Sunday evening through Friday evening, with a family-centered experience that is unmatched. The Rising Artists program occurs over 7 days, Saturday morning through Friday evening, and Teacher Training offerings include courses in Violin and Cello, with a special Enrichment class taught by Parent Education expert Christine Goodner.

Daily Parent Talks, Recitals and all evening events are included in the cost of tuition, which is one of the lowest in the nation. Amenities include a State-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, newly renovated classrooms and dorms, and cafeteria-style dining with excellent menu options.

OSI has become one of the fastest-growing institutes in the country! Our emphasis on the Suzuki philosophy can be seen through our outstanding Suzuki faculty, family events which build our Suzuki community, opportunities to connect with students and teachers from all around the country, and our many offerings for teachers, parents, and students in a natural setting. The Creek at OSI is one of the top activities for families at the end of a busy day, so bring your swimsuit!


July 2020

For Students

For Teachers Instructor Audition



Student Fees

  • Registration $50/student

OSI Program includes daily masterclass, group technique and repertoire classes, and orchestra or reading—Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Classical Guitar

  • PreTwinkle $325
  • Book 1-3 $425
  • Book 4-5 $475
  • Enrichments (Irish Fiddling, Art) $85 each

The Rising Artists Program (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) includes a 7-day schedule of masterclasses (only 2 students per class), chamber groups, performance class, orchestra, plus additional activities. Fee includes a t-shirt, and evening teen activity.

  • Rising Artists $650

Teacher Fees

  • Teacher Registration $50
  • Every Child Can $145
  • Violin Unit 1 $695
  • Cello Unit 1 $695
  • Unit 1 & ECC $785
  • Violin Unit 2 $475
  • Violin Unit 4 $475
  • Violin Unit 5 $475
  • Enrichment (10 hours) $275
  • Enrichment + Unit Courses $695


OSI Work/Study Scholarships

For Students, Amount: Up to $200, Application due: April 1
Scholarship amounts will vary and will be based on funds available. To be considered for work/study scholarship assistance, students and teachers must submit the scholarship application packet received on or before April 1 including a completed scholarship application, an audition video uploaded to YouTube, and a letter of recommendation from your teacher emailed to [javascript protected email address]. Institute scholarship awardees (or a parent if the awardee is less than 18 yr. old) are required to provide 5 hours of service to OSI in the form of ushering, volunteering at the registration desk, in the dorms, in the OSI store, or during recreation classes, or piano accompanying. We will work with you to find a good volunteering fit for your student and family. Applications will only be considered complete when all portions of the scholarship application have been received. Scholarship application can be found at http://ozarksuzukiinstitute.org/scholarships/

Housing & Meals

Housing is available in newly renovated, apartment or suite-style university dormitories. Meals are available cafeteria-style with a varied daily menu that includes vegan, vegetarian, allergy and gluten-related options at every meal.

Housing and Meal Packages include six days/nights (Sun-Fri), all meals included from Sunday evening through Friday night.

  • Housing only $190/person
  • Additional night $35/person
  • Meal Ticket only $160
  • Housing/Meal package $330/person

Teen Dorm—ages 13 and up (supervised, includes Teen Activity)

  • Housing and Meals for 6 days (Sun-Fri) $420

Rising Artists Program Teen Dorm—ages 13 and up

  • Housing and Meals for 7 days (Sat-Fri) $525


Siloam Springs, AR has many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Walking and bike paths, kayaking, swimming, and fishing are available. The scenic downtown area offers dining, shopping, and a Farmer’s Market. On the campus at John Brown University, families may purchase a day pass to the Walton Lifetime Health Complex which houses a three-court multipurpose gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, aerobics and fitness classroom, four racquetball courts, locker room amenities, cardio room, weight room and more. Bikes, scooters, and hammocks can make the beauty of the JBU campus available to all, so feel free to bring recreation equipment.

The SAA does not run the workshops and summer institutes; it approves separate businesses to run them. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly with inquiries. To get your event listed here, please see the Event Listing Guide.